Deputy ed’s letter
I never make New Year’s resolutions, but I always have plans for the year ahead. Some — two in particular — are long-held dreams that never seem to eventuate. In our cover story this week, Amanda Ducker considers why it is so many of us never fulfil our ambitions. A psychotherapist, career coach and others offer practical advice on how we can achieve our goals. Their ideas are varied and enlightening. “They don’t have to be grandiose goals, but we have to have expectations of ourselves and live up to them,” says author Joseph Burgo. “And that’s not a popular idea. The view of self-esteem that predominates in my field is self-love and self-acceptance … My view is: No, you have to live up to the values you hold to feel good about yourself.” In other stories, artist Amanda Parer talks to Tim Martain about her latest inflatable artwork, which will float in Launceston’s Cataract Gorge during Mona Foma from tomorrow; and we look inside the historic Valleyfield property, owned by the Governor Kate Warner’s family, at New Norfolk.